Sumary of Child Cancers Are Rare, But Here Are Signs to Look For:
- 11, 2021 — Most parents want their children to live carefree lives, so a diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating.
- Yet it doesn’t hurt to be watchful for the warning signs, suggest experts in childhood cancer from Penn State Health.
- “For example, at your child’s regular check-up, your pediatrician looks at your child’s eye with an ophthalmoscope – that’s an early eye cancer screening,” said Dr. Lisa McGregor.
- She is interim division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.
- ” The warning signs of potential pediatric cancer include a lump in your child’s belly that could suggest an abdominal mass.
- “Pediatric cancer is very rare,” McGregor said in a Penn State news release.
- “Even if you notice something new, most likely it will be caused by something other than cancer.
- Studies have suggested that catching the cancer earlier doesn’t affect the course of the disease for leukemia, which is the most common cancer, McGregor said.